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Full text of "Annual Evaluation Report Fiscal Year 1984"

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FUND FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
(CFDA No. 84.116)

I. PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation: Higher Education Act of 1965, Title X, as amended by p.L.
96-374 (20 U.S.C. 1135 et seq.). (Expires September 30, 1985)

Funding Since 1980:

Fiscal  Year                   Authorization                 Appropriation

1980                $75,000,000       $13,500,000

1981                 20,000,000                        13,500,000

1982                 13,500,000                        11,520,000

1983                 13,500,000                        11,710,000

1984                 13,500,000                        11,710,000

Purposes: Provide grants to support innovative programs designed to
improve access to and the quality of postsecondary education for these
purposes:

o Encouraging the reform, innovation, and improvement of postsecondary
education and provide educational opportunity for all;

o Creating institutions and programs that offer new paths to career and
professional training and new combinations of academic and experi-
ential learning;

o Establishing institutions and programs based on the technology of commun-
ications;

o Carrying out changes in internal structure and operations designed to
clarify Institutional priorities and purposes 1n postsecondary education-
al institutions;

o Designing and introducing cost-effective methods of instruction and oper-
ation;

o Introducing institutional reforms designed to expand individual opportun-
ities for entering and re-entering institutions and pursuing programs
of study tailored to individual needs;

o Introducing reforms in graduate education, in the structure of academic
professions, and 1n the recruitment and retention of faculties;

o Creating new institutions and programs for examining and awarding creden-
tials to individuals, and introduce reforms in current institutional
practices related to credentials.

The major strategy of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary
Education (FIPSE) 1s to solicit widely for exemplary, locally developed
improvement proposals. It accepts proposals from all forms of organizations
and on all topics and strategies applicable to postsecondary education
(except basic research). FIPSE grant competitions typically attract 20 to
40 proposals for each available award.

Types of Competitions: Small discretionary grants and contracts are award-
ed competitively to a variety of postsecondary institutions and agencies
(including two-and four-year colleges, State education agencies, community
based organizations, and other institutions concerned with education beyond
high school). Awards are made for the following programs:the greatest learning